Campus Guides

The Palmer Campus Guides are mentors for new and prospective students. They conduct campus tours that are informative, interesting and entertaining, and provide you with an honest glimpse of what life at Palmer is like.

Get to know the Palmer Campus Guides below!

Davenport campus

Preston Benjamin portrait

Preston Benjamin

Preston grew up playing various sports until finally settling on cross country and track in high school. It was early on during his sophomore year that Preston had his first experience with chiropractic – while trying to manage knee pain during cross-country season. One chiropractic visit and his knee pain virtually disappeared. From that point on he pursued his dream of becoming a chiropractor; going to Ohio State and eventually graduating from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. Now at Palmer, his eyes have been opened even more to the vast world of chiropractic, and he's excited to share what he has learned with anyone willing to listen.

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IChelsea Brunner portrait

Chelsea Brunner

Chelsea decided she wanted to become a chiropractor when she was young and has never wavered in her choice since. This decision was based on seeing her father, an alumnus of Palmer, help so many people with chiropractic care and her own personal experience with chiropractic, having received care from birth. She attended Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in health and exercise science. Chelsea chose to follow her father's footsteps and come to Palmer because she wanted to come to where the profession began and to be a part of the rich history of the school.

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Chris Cucullu portrait

Chris Cucullu

Chris grew up playing hockey in Alaska, which eventually opened the door for him to play college hockey for Iowa State University. It was there that he received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology along with a minor in business. Seeing the love and energy in his chiropractor's office and how his patients' lives were being transformed through the principle of chiropractic made the choice very easy to attend chiropractic school and at no place other than where it all began, in Davenport, Iowa.

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Kennedy Cullen portrait

Kennedy Cullen

Kennedy grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. As a 3-sport varsity athlete in high school, she went through countless injuries and sought chiropractic care for them. She knew she always wanted to help people heal, and believed that chiropractic embodies the best aspects of healthcare. She went to Michigan State University and pursued a Kinesiology degree with the goal of attending Palmer College. She is thrilled to be learning about chiropractic in the city where it was founded and is honored to continue the time-honored tradition as a Palmer guide!

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Cody Dessellier portrait

Cody Dessellier

Cody attended the University of North Dakota where he studied interdisciplinary studies: health science/ pre-chiropractic. After four years he chose to leave early and finish his degree at Palmer. He knew he wanted to be a chiropractor from a young age, and chose Palmer for the depth of history, philosophy and the knowledge of the faculty. After the completion of his doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer, Cody plans to practice back in Minnesota to be close to his family.

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Miguel Esquinca portrait

Miguel Esquinca

Miguel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. When he was seven years old, his parents made the decision to send him to Mexico for seven years in order to learn more about his culture and study the Spanish language. After his stay in Mexico, he returned to the United States, and started his high school career at Thomas Kelly High School. After four years, he graduated from high school, and started his undergraduate career at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. In there he majored in Biology Pre- Health and Music with a concentration in cello performance. Miguel was unclear about what profession he wanted for himself, but he knew that he wanted to be in the medical field. After doing some research, shadowing different medical professionals and participating in medical service trips, he discovered his passion for chiropractic medicine. After graduating from Saint Xavier University, he started a Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

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Jennifer Forstner portrait

Jennifer Forstner

Jennifer worked for five years in the corporate world and had always known she wanted to work with children in a health-care field. After having a personal success story with chiropractic she decided to look further into Palmer. Jennifer decided to visit her brother (who is in his second year at Palmer) during a prospective student event and after the event she felt at home at Palmer and applied to the D.C. program the following day!

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Joshan George portrait

Joshan George

As a high school student, Joshan found a passion for biology and health care. He majored in biology with a pre-medicine focus at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Joshan planned on taking a year off to prepare for medical school admission. At the same time, he found a job at a physical therapy clinic that helped shape his views on health care. At the clinic he was drawn to the hands-on and holistic approach which brought him to a crossroads with his pursuit of a health-care career. A friend at work told him to consider chiropractic and connected him to a student at Palmer. While on a visit to Palmer as a prospective student, he was drawn to the non-invasive, hands-on and neurologic aspect of chiropractic. He decided at that time that chiropractic and Palmer was his calling.

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Goff McCartney portrait

McCartney Goff

McCartney grew up in Baraboo, Wisconsin where she first learned about chiropractic her junior year of high school. A Palmer alum taught her the philosophy of chiropractic and helped her become pain free for the first time in her life. This impactful experience made her not only want to serve others as a chiropractor but also go to Palmer to receive the same philosophy based education that inspired her and so many others. She received her Spanish and Portuguese degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with the aspiration to break language barriers in her future office. One of the most exciting aspects of Palmer to McCartney is learning and walking amidst the history where chiropractic first started. Between studying, you can find McCartney baking and cooking, enjoying nature on a walk, watching a movie or exploring new places around town.

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Kelly Kimball portrait

Kelly Kimball

Kelly grew up in Weatogue, Connecticut. She was first introduced to chiropractic during a job shadow day at her high school, and she fell in love with the profession on the spot for its rich philosophy and emphasis on helping the body heal itself naturally. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, majoring in Human Science and completing chiropractic research while there. Kelly decided to pursue her chiropractic education at Palmer for its strong emphasis on all three components of chiropractic: science, art, and philosophy. In her free time, Kelly enjoys tap dancing, tea parties, and reading chiropractic philosophy and research articles.

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Matthew Knieper portrait

Matthew Knieper

Matthew Knieper grew up in a small farm town, New Lothrop Michigan. He was raised on his family farm. He was also very active in sports and showing livestock throughout high school. After high Matthew attended Michigan State University where he received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an interest in growth and motor development. At a young age Matthew had an interest in the medical field but it wasn't until high school it became clear that chiropractic was for him. After graduation Matthew, would like to specialize in chiropractic care for animals and athletes.

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Raymond Kociolek portrait

Raymond Kociolek

Raymond grew up in Indianola, Iowa with a large, extended family. After high school, Raymond attended Upper Iowa University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, with passing the national Board of Certification exam. After graduating from Upper Iowa, he attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska to work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working with the Wildcat football and track & field teams. While at Wayne State, Raymond received a Master of Science in Organizational Management degree, with an emphasis in sport and recreation management. While working in sports, He found a respect for the body to work from within itself and when he found out that is what chiropractic was, he was sold and enrolled in Palmer. Ray is an avid football fan (Go Eagles!) and also enjoys bowling, reading and watching movies with his 3 year old dachshund, Max.

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Stephanee Lewis portrait

Stephanee Lewis

Stephanee is a Florida native but moved to eastern North Carolina to pursue her first career as a paramedic and nurse. She later realized that her personal philosophy and passion lined up perfectly with chiropractic and decided to pursue her second career here at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She knew Palmer was the right choice for her because of the rich history steeped in every nook and cranny of the school; she wanted to walk the halls that the founding fathers walked and study in the buildings they built.

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Morgan Lintz portrait

Morgan Lintz

Morgan attended Winona State University on a softball scholarship and received her bachelor's degree in movement science. She grew up as a patient at the Palmer Clinic and knew back in high school that chiropractic was the career she wanted to pursue. She was driven by the passion of the doctors who treated her and the concept of finding the root cause of the problem in order to help patients get better.

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Katie Lucht portrait

Katie Lucht

Katie attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and majored in animal science with an emphasis on equine and veterinary technology. After obtaining her license as a veterinary technician she moved to Florida and worked at the University of Florida Large Animal Veterinary Hospital working primarily with horses and goats. Her career plans changed as a result of many long-distance phone calls with her good friend who was already attending Palmer. She has never regretted completely changing career paths and looks forward to changing the lives of people through "hands-on healing".

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Brett Mathes portrait

Brett Mathes

Brett discovered his passion for chiropractic in high school and decided to pursue it at his undergraduate institution. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he was part of the pre-chiropractic biology program. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in biology, he decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. He attended for many reasons, including its prestige, history, thoroughness of the technique courses, and the homey atmosphere of the campus.

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Holly McCrady portrait

Holly McCrady

When she was eleven years old, Holly began seeing a chiropractor after a teammate on her diving team referred her. She had begun tower diving the year before, and the force of the water was very rough on her neck and shoulders. She decided to stay at home with her parents throughout her undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, and for the first two years of her degree and despite her history with chiropractic, she volunteered in a prestigious physiotherapy and sport medicine clinic, hoping to pursue a career in physical therapy. Her interests shifted when she realized she wanted to know more about how to prevent injuries from occurring before they get to the stage where physical therapy is needed. She decided on chiropractic after numerous discussions with her chiropractor, who inspired her.

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Heather Meeks portrait

Heather Meeks

After high school, Heather attended the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. While studying at St. Thomas, she was drawn to the field of chiropractic and was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and pride that chiropractors demonstrated about their profession. To Heather, a career in chiropractic provides a meaningful opportunity to positively impact the lives of countless people. She looks forward to having the ability to help provide strength, healing and well-being to her future patients!

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Tanner Mitchell portrait

Tanner Mitchell

Tanner grew up in Big Rapids, MI. After high school, he attended Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree. While at Spring Arbor, Tanner had internships in two chiropractic offices that greatly increased his passion for the field. Chiropractic stands out to him because of the positive impact that the field has on patient’s lives. He is excited to share his passion and help others reach optimal wellness!

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Loni Olstad portait

Loni Olstad

Loni was raised on a dairy farm near Westby, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a degree in Organizational Communication, she decided to pack up her car and see where the road might take her. She found herself in Austin, Texas, where she lived for three years managing a retail store, eating the world's best tacos and staying up too late listening to live music around the city. After striking up impromptu conversation about holistic health care with a mutually passionate stranger at a 10K Fun Run event, the fellow runner invited Loni to come job shadow at his chiropractic office. Completely inspired by the doctor, a Palmer graduate, a few weeks later Loni quit her job and came to work at the front desk of that office and never looked back. The invigoration she experienced from inspiring patients to take back control of their own health led her to apply to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Loni is excited to have found her passion and calling, and she looks forward to taking part in spreading knowledge of the benefits of a proactive, healthy lifestyle!

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Rachana Patel portrait

Rachana Patel

Rachana is a native of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Prior to pursuing her chiropractic studies at the Davenport, Iowa, campus, Rachana earned her Bachelor of Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Rachana's dedication and passion for the field enabled her to work as a physical therapist assistant in Ohio and Texas at skilled nursing facilities.

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Megan Polivka

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Megan worked as a certified nursing assistant to gain direct patient-care experience while deciding which career path was right for her. Her healthy and active lifestyle ultimately lead Megan to chiropractic, a career in which she can share her passions and educate patients on how to be the best version of themselves. Megan has worked very hard her entire life to get where she is today and to be the best version of herself that she can be. For this reason, Megan knew her chiropractic education had to be from the best chiropractic school. Palmer represents the first, the best and the key to her future.

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Jena Stewart portrait

Jena Stewart

Growing up in a small town, Jena knew she wanted to be a part of a big city so she decided to do her undergraduate studies at Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!). There she earned a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. While in pursuit of going to medical school, she realized her true passion was in chiropractic care, which had recently made a huge impact in her own personal health.

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Kaytlynn Toering portrait

Kaytlynn Toering

Kaytlynn Toering Kaytlynn was born in Hobbs, New Mexico. Wanting to be closer to family, her family moved back to her hometown of Saint Joseph Michigan shortly after her birth. Because of the deep chiropractic roots in her family, Kaytlynn decided at a very young age she wanted to pursue a career in chiropractic. She spent much of her childhood at her mother and grandfather's private clinic, observing the art of chiropractic and seeing the positive results chiropractic care had on so many different people. After graduating from high school, Kaytlynn attended Valparaiso University to study Biology for two years. She then decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic and finish her Bachelor's degree, while pursuing her passion for the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Kaytlynn chose Palmer because of the influence of the Palmer graduates in her family, as well as the desire to study at the first and most prestigious chiropractic school. She is blessed to have the opportunity to help people through natural healing of the body. Outside of school Kaytlynn enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

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Yessenia Torres portrait

Yessenia Torres

After she graduated high school, Yessenia attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where she earned a degree in biology and Spanish for professional use. She knew she wanted to become a chiropractor since she was in high school when she fell in love with the idea and purpose that chiropractic embodied. Allowing the body to heal itself from within was and still is fascinating to her and it went right along with what she believed in.

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Shelby Wall portrait

Shelby Wall

Shelby grew up in the small town of Monticello, Iowa where she participated in numerous clubs and sports all throughout her childhood and teenage years. Shelby knew at a young age she wanted to help people and after a regular adjustment at her local chiropractor she realized how she could do just that. After graduating as salutatorian of her high school class, Shelby attended Kirkwood Community College for two years before starting the DC program at Palmer. Shelby has always loved Palmer's philosophy of allowing the body to heal itself as well as the idea of living a more natural and healthier lifestyle.

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Thomas Wessel portrait

Thomas Wessel

After seeing the relief his father got from chiropractic care, Tom decided at a young age to pursue a career in chiropractic. Tom attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was drawn even more to the profession. After receiving his Bachelor's of Science in biology, Tom immediately took the next step toward his dream, and applied to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Tom looks forward to opening a practice near his hometown in Wis., where he is excited to help the community live a healthier, drug free life.

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Florida campus

Chloe Barnes portrait

Cloe Barnes

Cloe was born in Montreal, Canada, and attended James Madison University for her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in coaching education. During her time there, she had many opportunities to shadow various fields in health care. However, what spoke to her most was chiropractic. She was first exposed to chiropractic in high school when her father took her to see his practitioner and since then, she was sold. She loved the individualized care and interaction between patient and doctor, especially considering how impersonal western medicine is becoming.

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Brittney Hughes portrait

Brittney Hughes

Brittney is an Alabama native with a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Management from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. After graduating she decided to pursue a degree in chiropractic and chose to do this at the Palmer Florida campus so that she could help others reach their optimal health through chiropractic.

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Jeffrey Jackson portrait

Jeffrey Jackson

Jeffrey attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Spanish Linguistics while taking additional pre-med courses to prepare for graduate school. He was first introduced to the chiropractic profession after getting into a car accident and undergoing chiropractic treatment to recover. Being inspired by the benefits of chiropractic, he started to assist his mother at her job at the local chiropractic office from and became close to the chiropractor his mother worked for. After traveling to the Dominican Republic to work as a volunteer for a few months, Jeffrey decided that his then career choice major as an engineer was not going to satisfy him for the rest of his life. He and soon realized that what made him happy was helping others personally and building quality relationships. From there, he researched more about the chiropractic profession and potential school options and was recommended to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus.

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Samantha Jordan portrait

Samantha Jordan

Samantha worked alongside a team of chiropractors that inspired her to pursue a career in chiropractic. The way they represented the profession, provided quality care for their patients and overall promoted a great environment in their practice made her want to aspire to be like them. She gained confidence that Palmer was for her by the quality of professionalism, adjusting technique and knowledge that these Palmer chiropractors embodied.

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Joshua Logan portrait

Joshua Logan

Joshua attended the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. He chose Palmer because of what the College stands for: philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. He wanted to be part of a school that agreed with his views on the holistic approach to health and healing.

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Michelle Nunez portrait

Michelle Nunez

Michelle was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. She graduated with honors from San Jose State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Michelle chose Palmer's Florida campus because of the strong history of Palmer’s name and the variety of backgrounds of professors that teach on the Florida campus. A big part of her decision was that in Port Orange students get to be hands-on from day one.

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Jessica Rodriguez portrait

Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica grew up in Puerto Rico, where a big part of the Hispanic culture is music and dancing. Since she was little she shared her passion for dancing with her mother. Later her mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and Jessica began to worry about how her bones might restrict her from dancing and enjoying her passion. With this in mind she started to guide her life to a career in which she could help others enjoy their passion. Being able to improve someone’s life by doing something she cares about shaped her career decision to study at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Amber Scott portrait

Amber Scott

Amber graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science; pre-chiropractic concentration. She chose her career path early in life thanks to a knee injury. Rather than pursue a second knee surgery she decided to take a less invasive, holistic approach. This is when she started her chiropractic journey and became a patient. It was an influential decision because it was her first exposure to chiropractic and helped her avoid an invasive surgery. From that day on it became her passion to one day be able to provide that option for someone else.

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West campus

Blair Amphy portrait

Blair Amphy

A native of Hercules, Calif., Blair earned her B.A. from UC-Davis, and M.A. from St. Mary's College.

"The location was quite appealing. I feel more comfortable, and at ease, knowing that I have the support of my family to help me during my journey of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic. In addition to the location, the positive energy of the student body also influenced my decision to attend Palmer West. I was excited to learn about the Sports Council, and have participated in several events." Blair also is active with the Rehab to Performance (R2P) and Motion Palpation clubs.

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Candice Baker portrait

Candice Baker

Candice Baker earned her B.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, before commencing her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus in 2015. She got interested in the field after experiencing the benefits first-hand. Candice acknowledges Palmer's distinguished history, its evidence-based curriculum and the beautiful Bay Area as the primary factors for her decision to attend the West campus. In addition to the Campus Guides, Candace is active with several of the technique clubs, including Motion Palpation, Chiropractic Extremities, Diversified and Soft Tissue.

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Alix Boyer portrait

Alix Boyer

Alix is a Bay Area native and earned her B.S. degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

"I chose Palmer West as the investment for my future because I knew that I wanted to be like the people I saw and met here – to put it simply, Palmer West felt like home."

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Nancy Chu portrait

Nancy Chu

A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Nancy graduated from UC-Irvine (B.S., psychology) in 2011.

"Palmer West’s academic reputation made me feel confident that I would get the best chiropractic education. I also wanted to choose a school that I would consider ‘home,’ and the West campus community-environment fosters a tight-knit ‘family’ dynamic among students, staff, and faculty. I have an immense amount of respect for the critical-thinking, genuineness, and knowledge that chiropractors possess, and I hope to represent the profession equally well."

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Kamran Eghtesad

Kamran completed his Palmer prerequisites at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, with focused study in the field of kinesiology. Drawn to a career in the health-care profession, Kamran pursued multiple internships during the course of undergraduate studies, with the hope of discovering a field of care that would ignite his passion, and place him on a specific career path – which turned out to be chiropractic. Kamran chose to attend Palmer's West campus because of "the highly respected Sports Council", the level of education – and to "chase the California sun."

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Ken Fuyuki portrait

Ken Fuyuki

Born and raised in Honolulu, Ken graduated from Azusa Pacific University (B.S., athletic training).

"I chose to attend Palmer’s West campus because of the evidence-based curriculum and patient-focused approach to clinical care. Palmer is the college that prepares and the molds the future generation of health care professionals. We are taught by medical doctors, radiologists, rehab specialists, nutritionists – and, of course, the top chiropractors in the profession. My goal is to return home, and establish a practice in Hawaii."

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Ilan Green portrait

Ilan Green

Ilan Green is a Bay Area native and earned his B.S. degree in kinesiology from California State Univ.-Northridge in 2015, and initiated his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus the following year.

"From my first visit, I felt at home within the community -- the faculty, staff and students are all supportive and encouraging, while sharing a passion for chiropractic. I also felt that Palmer's approach toward chiropractic, through evidence-based and patient-focused treatments, would provide me the best education and opportunity to become a great chiropractor."

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Jake Halverson portrait

Jake Halverson

Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Jake earned his B.S. degree in zoology from Weber State University. Jake's interest in a chiropractic career was ignited in high school, when he worked as a medical assistant in the office of a Palmer alumnus, and developed an appreciation for holistic health. In addition to his Palmer chiropractic classes, Jake also is completing coursework with the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, with the goal ofearning his diplomate in chiropractic neurology (DACNB).

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Monique Hamon portrait

Monique Hamon

Monique graduated from Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., with an emphasis in math and science. She's earned Dean's List honors five quarters at Palmer.

"I chose to attend Palmer’s West campus not only for its close proximity to my family, but also because of the recommendation from many of the chiropractors who have cared for my family. Palmer offer hands-on learning throughout the program, from the early quarters to the outpatient clinic, where we get to apply our knowledge and skills by helping the ‘real world’ patients who seek our care."

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Cheyenne Hok portrait

Cheyenne Hok

Cheyenne attended the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Kinesiology in athletic therapy from the University of Calgary, an advanced certificate in athletic therapy from Mount Royal University.

After working as an athletic therapist for several years, Cheyenne decided she wanted to expand her knowledge and skills – and decided to embark upon the chiropractic career path by enrolling at Palmer's West campus.

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Joanna Holleran

Joanna Holleran

A native of Chester Springs, Penn., she earned her B.S. degree in emergency medicine from the Univ. of Pittsburgh.

"Initially, I was drawn to Palmer by its amazing reputation, and evidence-based curriculum. I loved the small class sizes at Palmer West, and the emphasis on the Sports Council. What really sealed the deal for me, however, was the sense of community I felt immediately upon visiting the campus – I knew this was the place for me."

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Michael Klein portrait

Michael Klein

Michael suffered a severe injury while playing high-school football in his hometown of Stockbridge, Wis. After seeing several medical professionals, Michael was told it would be at least a month before he could return to the field. Then Michael sought the care of a local chiropractor – and returned to action within the week. As Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (from which he graduated with a major in biology, and a minor in chemistry), he began to narrow the focus of his career path – and found himself heading toward the chiropractic profession. The Sports Council program is a major reason he chose to attend Palmer's West campus.

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John Lin portrait

John Lin

A native of Taiwan, John grew up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from McGill University in Montreal. He was inspired to pursue the chiropractic career path after positive results as a patient for treatment of a sports injury he suffered in high school. John enjoys playing a variety of sports, including competitive badminton and Ultimate Frisbee.

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Vivian Ly portrait

Vivian Ly

Vivian attended the University of California at Irvine, and earned her B.S. in biological sciences.

While in school, she knew health care was her calling – the challenge was deciding which of the many career pathways to follow. She started her profession-decision process by working in the office of a medical doctor – an experience that ultimately redirected her career path toward the chiropractic profession. She was inspired to pursue the chiropractic path after she broke her ankle rock-climbing, and completed her rehab in an integrated physical therapy and chiropractic office.

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Jessika Parham portrait

Jessika Parham

Jessika's interest in chiropractic was sparked while conducting orthopedic research that examined the effect of platelet-rich plasma on improving the healing time of knee injuries – during which she noticed a correlation between the patients who received chiropractic care and the expediency of their healing time. Once she made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, she decided to attend Palmer's West campus because of the diversity of the curriculum, the sports emphasis and the friendly campus.

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Gun Poespowidjo portrait

Gun Poespowidjojo

With a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Gun Poespowidjojo was part of the first "tech boom" in the Silicon Valley in the early 2000s. When the "boom" began to fizzle, so did Gun's interest in computer engineering. So, he redirected his career path from "hi-tech" to "high touch," and became a certified personal trainer, where he could help people lose weight, gain strength and improve sports performance and overall wellness. Like what many in the business world often encounter, in his new role as a personal trainer, Gun felt there was a "glass ceiling" impeding his ability to help his clients reach their full potential. Once Gun decided to focus on chiropractic, he says the appeal of Palmer's West campus was more than just its close proximity to family in the Bay Area.

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Monika Rizkalla portrait

Monika Rizkalla

Monica earned her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America, where she majored in psychology.

"The evidence-based approach that Palmer teaches, as well as all the other skills required to become a successful chiropractor, made my decision an easy one. Palmer West offers a strong curriculum, and welcoming community, which is why I'm extremely confident that I made the right choice. I agree with the mission of Palmer College, and share the same values."

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Kirtpaul Sandhu  portrait

Kirtpaul Sandu

Kirtpaul is a native of Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada, and a 2013 graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley (B.Sc., kinesiology) in Abbotsford, B.C.

Kirtpaul is a native of Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada, and a 2013 graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. As a youth, Kirtpaul suffered a severe injury playing hockey, which resulted in reoccurring back pain. After a few visits to a chiropractor, he was out of pain and injury-free. As Kirtpaul began to consider career path options, his interest in health care, combined with his experience as a patient, guided him toward the chiropractic profession.

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Alex Silver portrait

Alex Silver

Alex, a Malibu, Calif., native, who graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (B.S., environmental studies). Alex Silver was heading toward a career in firefighting when he realized that he was well-suited to provide a different type of life-impacting service. A chiropractic patient from a young age, Alex now looks forward to helping his future patients reap the same health benefits he has enjoyed from life-long care.

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Kyle Siskar portrait

Kyle Siskar

Kyle earned his B.S. (biology) from State University of New York College (SUNY) at Buffalo.

"Palmer was my first choice. I saw the multiple opportunities that the program provides. The professors are not only great instructors, but several have literally ‘written the books’ used not only at Palmer, but other chiropractic colleges. Nothing comes close to the beautiful coast of California, which has allowed me to embrace my ‘outdoor side,’ and treated me to some amazing hikes, surfing, snowboarding, and rock-climbing."

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Steph Stensass portrait

Stephanie Stensaas

Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Science in biology and physiology emphasis, with a chemistry minor, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Drawn to a career in the health-care profession from a young age, the challenge for Stephanie was deciding which path to follow. That uncertainty gained clear focus when she gained a first-hand perspective about the chiropractic profession, when she spent some time observing practice activities in the offices of two Palmer Davenport alumni.

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Anne Marie Vicencio portrait

Anne Marie Vicencio

Anne Marie graduated from St. Mary's with a B.A. in Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance. Anne Marie was influenced by a chiropractic mentor from her internship in the athletic training department at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Anne Marie acknowledges the fact that her chiropractic mentor is an alumnus, along with the close proximity to her family in the East Bay, and the great weather, made Palmer’s West campus quite appealing as the school to attend.

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Danielle Walsh portrait

Danielle Walsh

Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & extended psychology minor from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbottsford, B.C. Like many Palmer students, Danielle's desire to enter the chiropractic profession was inspired by a positive experience as a patient.

In addition to Campus Guides, Danielle also is a member of the Sports Council, and hopes to open a practice in her hometown of Vancouver.

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Trevor Wendel portrait

Trevor Wendel

Trevor is a native of Washington, D.C., and earned his B.S. in exercise physiology, with a minor in public health from Humboldt State Univ.

"I want to devote myself to helping disabled veterans of our armed forces, and their families, as well," says Trevor, who in addition to Campus Guides, also serves as president of the West campus Veterans Club.

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Jessica Yeung portrait

Jessica Yeung

Jessica is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she completed her Palmer prerequisites while studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia. Jessica’s journey into the chiropractic followed sojourns along other career paths, none of which filled her with any degree of passion and purpose. Then a family friend encouraged Jessica to visit a local chiropractor. She didn't receive a hands-on adjustment, but the inspirational impact of the visit prompted an “adjustment” of Jessica’s career-path direction – toward the chiropractic health field.

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